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Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United – Player Ratings

Manchester United looked on course to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for just the second time in 16 years earlier today, only for Jose Mourinho’s side to be denied by a 96th minute equaliser.

It was a game full of drama both on and off the pitch and was the perfect way to kick start another weekend of Premier League action. Here’s how the players rated…

Chelsea

Arrizabalaga 7

Apart from one decent save from Mata in the build-up to the equaliser, he didn’t really have much to do and had no chance with either goal.

Azpilicueta 6

Had looked to be on top of Martial for most of the game, but it’s never a good look when the man your marking scores twice, even if you weren’t necessarily at fault.

Rudiger 7

Opened the scoring with a powerful header after losing Pogba at corner time. Relatively comfortable in defence for the first hour before looking a little shaky after United gained confidence after their first goal.

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David Luiz 7

Much like Rudiger seemed a bit rattled as United pilled forward in the second-half. However, his towering header at the back stick made Barkley’s goal.

Alonso 6

Not as effective as usual going forward and didn’t cover himself in glory by staying down and over exaggerating injury for Martial’s first goal.

Kante 6

Put in a huge shift as always, but he just doesn’t affect the game as much as he used to due to his positional switch to accommodate Jorginho.

Jorginho 6

As Jose Mourinho described it, he was not allowed to ‘trigger’ Chelsea’s play due to the man-marking job done on him by Juan Mata. Although he did show what an excellent football brain he has at times by snuffing out United attacks and cooly playing his way out of trouble.

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Kovacic 7

A classy operator with a deceptive turn of pace. Much like many of his teammates though, he wilted slightly when United turned up the intensity.

Willian 6

Started brightly, but eventually lost his battle with the impressive Shaw.

Morata 3

Another no show by the Spain international. Hard to see what he brings to Chelsea apart from hitting the deck in an attempt to win free-kicks every time the ball comes near him.

Hazard 7

Flashes of brilliance at times, although he strangely seemed to become less effective as the game went on, which is normally when he begins to shine brightest.

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Substitutes

Pedro 5

Introduced to bring more energy and quality in the final third, brought the energy but not the quality.

Barkley 8

Looked bright after his introduction and capped a great few weeks on an individual level by scoring the dramatic equaliser at the death – has first goal for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud 7

Can rightfully be upset that Morata got the nod instead of him. The France international may not score many goals, but his link-up play is superb and the Blues look a much better team with him in it.

Manchester United 

De Gea 7

Desperately unlucky that his superb close-range save from Rudiger fell into Barkley’s path for the late equaliser.

Young 7

Was given the run around by Hazard at times, but showed great character to fight back and eventually put in a solid performance. Gary Neville’s decision to award him the Man Of The Match award was a bit over the top though.

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Smalling 7

Will always be ridiculously limited on the ball, but he won his battle with Morata and in terms of United’s centre-backs he is probably the best of a bad bunch.

Lindelof 6

Is gradually improving, although he still does not look like he belongs at this level.

Shaw 8

Willian breezed past him way too easily in the opening minutes, but after that, he didn’t give the Brazilian a sniff and was one of his sides best players.

Matic 7

Broke up play brilliantly in the middle of the park at times, always seems to relish coming up against his former teammates.

Pogba 6

Once again we saw the two sides of the France international. Not for the first time in his Manchester United career he cost his team by losing his man at a corner due to a lack of concentration then in the second half he improved massively, using his power and skill to break the lines and push his team forward.

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Rashford 6

Provided the assist for Martial’s second, but way too often United attacks broke down due to his poor decision making and heavy touch.

Mata 8

Surprisingly brought into the starting XI to do a man-marking job on Jorginho and he stuck to his task well and played a crucial role in both of his side’s goals.

Martial 8 (MOTM)

It had looked like being another day of the talented 22-year-old being at his frustrating best until he showed his class by scoring with two sublime finishes. We can only assume he was one of the United players allegedly passing around videos of Gary Neville making mistakes, as that is the only logical reason why the two biggest moments of quality in the game were overlooked when it came to handing out the MOTM award.

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Lukaku 6

Put in yet another sub par performance against a top six rival in the first period, although he did improve considerably in the first-half.

Substitute 

Herrera 6

Ran around a lot and kicked a few people – exactly as Jose asked.

Pereira 6

Put himself about and showed what a tidy passer he is on a couple of occasions.

Sanchez 3

Considering he is the highest paid player in England when do we start calling Sanchez the biggest flop in Premier League history? United fans booed when he came on in place of Martial and his only contributions were to cough up possession repeatedly and fluff an easy through ball to Lukaku with the score at 2-1.

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